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Willamette Valley Vineyards

Winery Announcements & Accolades

 

 


 

 

News

Willamette Valley named Region of the Year by Wine Enthusiast

WVV is named 2016 Sunset Travel Award Winner for Best Vineyard/Tasting Room Experience by Sunset Magazine

Founder Jim Bernau Nominated for "Person of the Year" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Jim Bernau Receives 2016 OSU College of Agricultural Sciences Hall of Fame Award

Wine Enthusiast names us as one of America's Best Value Pinot Noirs

Wall Street Journal covers the growth of Oregon's wine industry

Groundbreaking for Elton Winery draws over 500 Wine Enthusiasts

Bill Fuller returns to Winemaking

 

 


 

 

Accolades

 

 

2018 Top Travel Pick

Northwest Travel & Life Magazine 2018
Willamette Valley Vineyards was named “2018 Top Travel Pick” by Northwest Travel & Life Magazine.

"Just south of Salem, Oregon, Willamette Valley Vineyards has everything you need for a romantic fall wine getaway. Perched on a hill above the vineyards, the tasting room, dining room and guest suites - not to mention the cellar rich with the aromas of the fresh harvest and oak barrels - all have a view of the vineyards ablaze with fall colors and the broad valley below. The Willamette Valley Vineyards story is one of passion for the vineyards and fine wines coupled with environmental and community stewardship. Since founding it in 1983, Jim Bernau has developed Willamette Valley Vineyards into one of the best producers of pinot noir in the country."

Best Vineyard/Tasting Room 

Sunset Magazine, Travel Awards 2016
Willamette Valley Vineyards was named “Best Vineyard/Tasting Room” by Sunset Magazine.

2011 Winery of the Year

Wine & Spirits Magazine
Willamette Valley Vineyards was named “2011 Winery of the Year” by Wine & Spirits Magazine.

Editor, Joshua Greene says, “Each year, our panels and critics blind taste more than 10,000 wines, selecting the best for recommendation in the magazine. Our “Top 100 Wineries of the Year Award” highlight brands with a range of wines our critics have scored at the top of their categories. Willamette Valley Vineyards’ performance makes it a great ambassador for wines of Oregon.”

Click here for a PDF that highlights this award.

2011 Oregon Winery of the Year

WINE PRESS NORTHWEST MAGAZINE
In their March 2011 issue, Wine Press Northwest named WVV “Oregon Winery of the Year.”

Andy Perdue, Editor-in-chief, states, “With over 350 possible candidates in Oregon, we make sure we are careful in our selection and that the winery is worth the award. This was an easy decision this year as Willamette Valley Vineyards has been a leader in the industry for decades with their sustainability efforts and high quality Pinot Noir.”

 

 


 

 

Wine Scores & Awards

PINOT NOIR

ESTATE PINOT NOIR

  • 2016: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2015: 93pts & GOLD MEDAL "Exceptional" - Tastings
  • 2015: 91pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2015: 95pts & DOUBLE GOLD - San Francisco Int’l Wine Competiton
  • ​2014: Best of Show - Portland Seafood & Wine Fest 
  • 2013: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: 93pts - Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2011: 90pts - Beverage Dynamics
  • 2011: 89pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2010: 90pts - PinotReport
  • 2009: 92pts - Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2008: 92pts - Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2008: 90pts - Wine Spectator

BERNAU BLOCK PINOT NOIR  

  • 2015: 92pts - Vinous
  • 2015: 91pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2014: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013: 91pts - Vinous
  • 2013: 91pts/Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: 90pts/Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: GOLD - Oregon Wine Awards
  • 2010: 91pts - Stephen Tanzer’s Int’l Wine Cellar
  • 2010: 90pts - Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2010: 90pts/Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2009: 92pts - Wine & Spirits

ELTON PINOT NOIR

  • 2015: 91pts & GOLD - Tastings
  • 2013: 93pts - Int’l Wine Report
  • 2012: 91pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2011: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2010: 92pts - Stephen Tanzer’s Int’l Wine Cellar
  • 2010: 91pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2009: 91pts/Cellar Selection - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2009: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2008: 91pts - Wine Advocate

TUALATIN ESTATE PINOT NOIR

  • 2015: 94pts & GOLD/Cellar Seletion - Tastings
  • 2015: 91pts - Vinous
  • 2015: 92pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2014: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013: 91pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2012: 92pts - Tasting Panel
  • 2011: 91pts - Beverage Dynamics
  • 2011: 89pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2010: 92pts - PinotReport
  • 2010: 90pts - Stephen Tanzer’s Int’l Wine Cellar
  • 2009: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2008: 90pts - Wine Advocate

O’BRIEN PINOT NOIR

  • 2012: 92pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2008: 94pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2008: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast

FULLER PINOT NOIR 

  • 2012: 94pts - Tasting Panel
  • 2012: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2008: 92pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2008: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2008: DOUBLE GOLD - Oregon Wine Awards

HANNAH PINOT NOIR

  • 2015: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2015: 92pts - Vinous
  • 2014: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: 90pts - Burghound
  • 2010: 92pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2010: 91pts - Stephen Tanzer’s Int’l Wine Cellar
  • 2009: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2008: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2008: 90pts - Wine Advocate

SIGNATURE CUVÉE PINOT NOIR

  • 2013: 92pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013: 91pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2012: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2010: 91pts - PinotReport
  • 2010: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2010: 90pts - Stephen Tanzer’s Int’l Wine Cellar
  • 2009: 90pts - Wine Spectator

FOUNDERS’ RESERVE PINOT NOIR

  • 2008: 91pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2008: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2007: Excellent - Wine Press Northwest

WHOLE CLUSTER PINOT NOIR

  • 2017: 91pts/Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2015: 90pts - Vinous
  • 2015: 90pts/Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2014: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013: Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: 92pts - PinotReport
  • 2010: 90pts - Stephen Tanzer’s Int’l Wine Cellar
  • 2009: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2008: 90pts - Wine Advocate
WHITES 

ESTATE CHARDONNAY

  • 2015: 90pts - Wine Advocate
  • 2015: 91pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2014: 90pts/Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: 90pts - Tasting Panel
  • 2010: GOLD - Oregon Wine Awards
  • 2009: 90pts - Wine & Spirits Magazine
  • 2008: 91pts/Editor’s Choice - Wine Enthusiast

PINOT GRIS

  • 2016: 91pts & Editors's Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2015: 90pts & Editor's Choice - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2013: GOLD - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Comp.
  • 2011: DOUBLE GOLD - American Wine Society
  • 2011: GOLD - San Francisco Chronicle Wine Comp.
  • 2011: DOUBLE GOLD - American Wine Society
  • 2010: DOUBLE GOLD/BEST OF SHOW - Indy Int’l
  • 2009: GOLD - The Dallas Morning News & Texsom

MÉTHODE CHAMPENOISE BRUT

  • 2015: DOUBLE GOLD - Cascadia International Wine Competition
  • 2014: 92pts - Wine Spectator
  • 2014: 93pts - Wine & Spirits Magazine

DIJON CLONE CHARDONNAY

  • 2012: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2008: 91pts - Tasting Panel Magazine
  • 2008: Excellent - Wine Press Northwest
  • 2007: 90pts - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2007: Excellent - Wine Press Northwest

RIESLING

  • 2014: 90pts/Best Value - Wine Spectator
  • 2013: 89pts/Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast
  • 2012: GOLD - Portland Seafood & Wine Festival
  • 2011: DOUBLE GOLD - San Francisco Chronicle
  • 2010: 90pts/Best Buy - Wine Enthusiast
    • 2009: DOUBLE GOLD/BEST OF SHOW - Indy Int’l
  • 2009: BEST OF SHOW - Portland Seafood & Wine

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